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The Ruse (1915)

 -  Western | Short  -  14 July 1915 (USA)
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"Bat" Peters, reformed gunfighter turned prospector, travels to Chicago to collect on a business deal with a mine promoter who turns out to be crooked.

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'Bat' Peters
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John Folsom (as Jack Davidson)
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"Bat" Peters, reformed gunfighter turned prospector, travels to Chicago to collect on a business deal with a mine promoter who turns out to be crooked.

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Decent Hart short
3 March 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Ruse, The (1915)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Two-reeler has William S. Hart playing 'Bat' Peters, a reformed gunfighter who finds gold and heads off to Chicago to sell it to a mine promoter (John Davidson). While in town Bat falls for a girl who eventually gets kidnapped by the evil promoter so Bat must go save her. This was my first sampling of Hart so I'm really not sure what type of opinion to have on him so early on. I will say he is certainly a very striking figure with that square face and dead-serious eyes and I will add that I enjoyed watching him in this part. He certainly was able to make you keep your eyes on him and he isn't that bad when it comes time to draw his pistol. The screenplay is pretty straight-forward without too many surprises as we all know the mine promoter is going to turn out to be crooked and we know that Bat's new girl is going to be in trouble. Everything is told in a pretty basic fashion without too many "technical" merits but I will give the film credit for moving at a nice pace even though everything, story wise at least, is routine.


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